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On Borrowed Words A Memoir of Language

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ISBN-10: 0142000949

ISBN-13: 9780142000946

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ilan Stavans

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Yiddish, Spanish, Hebrew, and English-at various points in Ilan Stavans's life, each of these has been his primary language. In this rich memoir, the linguistic chameleon outlines his remarkable cultural heritage from his birth in politically fragile Mexico, through his years as a student activist and young Zionist in Israel, to his present career as a noted and controversial academic and writer. Along the way, Stavans introduces readers to some of the remarkable members of his family-his brother, a musical wunderkind; his father, a Mexican soap opera star; his grandmother, who arrived in Mexico from Eastern Europe in 1929 and wrote her own autobiography. Masterfully weaving personal reminiscences with a provocative investigation into language acquisition and cultural code switching, On Borrowed Wordsis a compelling exploration of Stavans's search for his place in the world. "Stavans's Mexico . . . is a treacherous but vivid world seen through the eyes of a gifted child; his subsequent encounter with America makes the New World seem-astonishingly-new." (James Atlas, author of Bellow: A Biography)
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Ilan Stavans is the author of "The Hispanic Condition", "The Riddle of Cantinflas", & "The One-Handed Pianist & Other Stories" as well as the editor of "The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories" & a dictionary of Spanglish, among other volumes. He has been a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee & the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & the Latino Literature Prize, among other honors. He teaches at Amherst College.

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Under the Spotlight
On My Brother's Trail
Amerika, America
The Lettered Man